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Senn Delaney Partner Nick Neuhausel will serve as chairman for a day and deliver an opening address May 22 at the 2015 Chief Strategy Officer Summit in San Francisco. This year's summit will focus on creating and implementing innovative strategy. Neuhausel will provide an overview on why aligning a company's strategy, structure and culture is critical to successful execution.

How did reshaping the culture at an 8-hospital healthcare system help overcome many challenges and contribute to greatly improved financial performance, clinical quality, patient satisfaction and employee engagement? Gary Shorb, CEO of Method Le Bonheur Healthcare, shares the inside story in our spring newsletter, at your best

Belgacom CEO Dominique Leroy is leading a culture transformation at the Belgian telecommunications giant that is restoring growth after a decade of decline. Watch the video and read the full interview and case study.

In this first of a two-part post, Senn Delaney Chairman Dr. Larry Senn discusses the cultural challenges of mergers and offers several insights on how you can navigate them with a healthy state of mind.

In this second part of a two-part post by Senn Delaney Chairman Larry Senn, he provides a set of guidelines for successful culture integration and shares the notable example of the successful WellPoint-Anthem mega-merger.

Research

How do CEOs develop the skills they need to lead in an ever-changing world?  To answer that question, Senn Delaney's parent company, Heidrick & Struggles, partnered with the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford to conduct in-depth interviews with more than 150 CEOs representing a wide range of sectors around the world. 

 

Findings are published in The CEO Report, one of the most comprehensive, in-depth studies of CEO leadership capabilities. It identifies a suite of integrated skill sets that today’s senior-most leaders leverage to help them grow and thrive in a business environment marked by constant change and dissonance of competing stakeholder interests.

 

Among the critical capabilities CEOs identified were embracing a growth mindset of continual learning and curiosity and adapting in the face of relentless pressure for change while authentically remaining true to personal sense of purpose.

 

About the Research

 

The research was conducted by a research team from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and Heidrick & Struggles, under the research and ethics guidelines set by the university. Combining the complementary strengths of these two institutions produced a distinctive blend of academic rigor and practical business impact.

 

Jointly, they conducted in-depth interviews with 152 CEOs from across the world and from a wide range of sectors, making this one of the most comprehensive studies of CEOs globally. Collectively, these leaders have over 880 years of CEO experience, are responsible for a total of more than 5.8 million employees generating $1.7 trillion in revenues. All interviews were anonymized prior to analysis by the research team.  



Through a collaborative, groundbreaking study with three prominent U.S. business schools, Senn Delaney has discovered that people who operate from a unique set of three core principles consistently perform at the top 10 percent of performance ratings.

The joint study and subsequent research and surveys led to creation of our new, evidence-based, pragmatic, performance model that can be taught, practiced, reinforced, applied and measured.

Senn Delaney President and CEO Jim Hart and Managing Director EMEA Dustin Seale describe how these three principles can be mastered to lead individuals, teams and organizations to healthier, higher levels of performance.